Landscape affects every one of us, whether we were born here, are now living here, or whether we are travelling through New Zealand. Landscape affects our aspirations, the places we live in, who we are and what we identify with.
Landscape is perceived, experienced, made and remade by people and communities. Each culture understands, values and responds to nature and culture in a different way, and landscape reflects those differences. Within each culture individuals and communities also hold different values about landscape, according to their world views.
Maori and European derived Pakeha New Zealanders understand and value landscape according to their different cultures. Generally Pakeha tend to prioritise landscape as views, while Maori place emphasis on intangible aspects of landscape. Together we value our unique flora and fauna, coastlines and the everyday, as well as the special aspects of our landscape and the resources we derive from landscapes. Together we love the landscapes that have nurtured us. Together we can work for change which enhances our places and spaces within the landscape.
The Landscape Foundation aims to draw attention to landscape change. We also aim to explore options for managing our landscape using the very best techniques and knowledge.
The NZILA Education Foundation was registered by the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects in 1999 as a charitable trust. In 2015 the NZILA Education Foundation was renamed the Landscape Foundation.
NZILA Education Foundation is registered with the Charities Commission and can be found on the following website: www.charities.govt.nz
Our charities commission number is CC31765
The principal purpose of the Foundation is:
To raise the awareness of the influence and impact of landscape architecture and design and planning on the environment, for the benefit of the public of New Zealand and to educate those involved in or associated with Landscape Architecture and design.
We want to inform you the decision maker, and you the resident about changes to our landscapes, what affects them and how we might plan, design and manage this precious place for the future.
We will work with the landscape architecture profession and others to increase awareness of the influence and impact of landscape architecture and design and planning on the environment, and to educate those involved in or associated with Landscape Architecture and design for the benefit of the public of New Zealand.
Trustees currently run the NZILA Education foundation. The founding trustees were Dr Frank Boffa, Dr Diane Menzies and Jan Woodhouse; Frank retired in 2011 and was replaced by Sarah Collins. The current trustees are all senior and well-respected members of the profession. They are responsible for setting the overall strategy of the foundation and for its day-to-day administration.
Each of the trustees give of their time freely and are not paid. They are reimbursed for actual expenses.